Monday 3rd October 2022
Pitching In Southern League Premier Division South
Beaconsfield Town 1 Hartley Wintney 0
At Holloways Park - Crowd 132
Ram of the match - Eitel Goueth
Rams edge past The Row
Fans who returned to Holloways Park having endured Saturdays dour home defeat were rewarded as the Rams recorded their first win in 9 games in all competitions. A run stretching back to since 16th August when they edged out The Met Police.
By coincidence last nights visitors Hartley Wintney also recorded their last victory on the same night when they entertained Salisbury and arrived seeking a first win in Ten!
They ultimately extended that unwanted run until at least Saturday. When they will return for the FA Trophy tie between the sides but pressed Beaconsfield all the way here in an open and entertaining encounter.
Gary Meakin rang the changes up front giving starts to Eitel Goueth, Olly McCoy and Elliott Buchanan and Jerome Ecclestone filled in at the centre back replacing Luke Neville who sustained a non contact hairline fracture to his right ankle on Saturday when his foot caught in the turf and he fell awkwardly.
The home side settled well and were immediately on the front foot with Goueth and Buchanan combining to create an opening for McCoy who cut in from the left and thrashed his low shot narrowly wide of the near post into the side netting.
As the half wore on The Row eased into the game and began to make their own openings as the game flowed end to end. They probably had the better of the openings in terms of positions with the ball pin balling around the six yard box uncomfortably for The Rams defence who stretched but didn’t break leaving Ravan Constable largely untroubled or extended. Beaconsfield created good chances with controlled and patient approach play Buchanan saw an effort well saved by Adam Debois who had to be alert to turn away a goalbound Jerome Ecclestone effort. Which the big defender poked towards goal as The Row failed to deal convincingly with a near post corner
Towards the end of the half The Row enjoyed their best spell. Former Ram Harrison Bayley was increasingly involved prompting and probing and shifting the point of attack but again whilst they enjoyed some thrills and spills with balls pinging across the box they failed to create a clear cut opportunity or provoke anything beyond routine saves from Constable.
At the other end Desbois saved well from McCoy who will probably feel he should have done better when well placed in the centre of the box. The Rams best move saw Callum Webb involved twice before reciving a cushioned lay off from Buchanan. The full back set himself and sent on a shaped drive which flew inches over the bar with Desbois flying to his left grasping at the air.
Half Time 0-0
The second period started quietly with the visitors continuing to dominate possession without being particularly threatening.
Imran Kayani created a great early chance but his low cross from the wing was allowed to fizz all the way across the six yard box and wide without anyone from either side daring or being able to apply the killer touch.
The Row’s next chance was their best and brought the very best from Ravan Constable.
Receiving the ball 20 yards out with a yard of space Kayani shaped a curling effort which started well outside the frame of the goal before arcing unerringly in towards the top corner. Constable had other ideas though flying across his goal to turn the effort around the post.
Gary Meakin introduced Nathan Minhas and Kyel Reid for the final twenty minutes or so and the effect was almost immediate. The Row’s skipper Matthew Drage tried to outmuscle the striker on halfway as Minhas received the ball with his back to goal he shrugged off the attentions of the defender, rolled around on his inside shoulder and set off for goal.
As defenders battled to get back on terms he straightened his run, advanced into area set himself and slotted the ball past Desbois.
The Row responded with maximum effort but again their final approach was frantic rather than controlled and they failed to extend Constable as they pressed it looked increasingly likely that the home side would increase their advantage
Dan Bradshaw seemed sure to score when he was eased under Eitel Goueths header across goal but referee, Alan Cresswell was unconvinced and denied the midfielder’s penalty appeals,
Minhas brought a great double save from Desbois who also saved bravely at the feet of Goueth and was fortunate to see Kyel Reid adjudged to be narrowly offside as the winger advanced on goal having exchanged passes with Nathan Minhas.
With time running out Sam Togwell replaced Bradshaw and slotted in to make a back Five as The Rams saw out the remaining minutes with relative comfort.
Both sides deserve credit for providing a thoroughly enjoyable contest played in excellent spirit, that whets the appetite for the next installment on Saturday when the stress of league business can be set aside as the pair rejoin combat in the FA Trophy.
Ravan Constable, Callum Webb, Oliver Sprague, Liam McDevitt, Jerome Ecclestone, Sam Granville, Dan Bradshaw [Sub Sam Togwell 86], Aaron Minhas©, Elliott Benjamin [Sub Nathan Minhas 75], Eitel Goueth, Olly McCoy [Sub Kyel Reid 75]
Subs Not used - Toby Little, James Dobson,
Adam DeBois, Thomas Leggett, Fabio Sole, Toby Nevile, Matthew Drage, Harrison Bayley, Teddy Davey, Benjamin Purcell[Sub Rahzir Smith-Jones 63] , Kingsley Eshun, Imran Kayani, Anis Nuur
Subs - Killian Barrett, Elijas Bagdonavicius, Isaiah Blankendal, Ryan Lopes
Referee - Alan Cresswell
Assistants Billy Morgan, Dylan Ing